It’s history, Jim, but not as we know it

The Other Boleyn Girl.

So Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johanssen are meant to be sisters. I guess that’s sisters by completely different parents.

Thomas Boleyn and the Duke of Norfolk are trying to become King Henry’s bestest friends by dangling a couple of tasty treats in front of him, namely Thomas’s daughters Anne and Mary. The king is meant to prefer Anne, but goes for Mary instead and only later turns his affections to the former before deciding that lopping her head off is easier than paying alimony.

I was so enthralled by this film that I had a snooze while it was on. All right, it was dull and lacklustre; it was odd to find characters from English history played by foreigners, although I guess when Anthony Hopkins played President Nixon, the Americans desperately tried to recall when Hannibal Lector had been the Man in the Big Chair. Perhaps Bill Murray could’ve played Henry VIII; Morgan Freeman the devious Duke of Norfolk; and Kevin Bacon Thomas Boleyn.

I’m sure the book is better. Probably.


2 thoughts on “It’s history, Jim, but not as we know it”

  1. The movie is due to premier here this month. At the same time TV is cunningly using this to advertise their showing of a TV version of the story made in 2003. We have read the book which is no great shakes. Although Philippa Gregory is a highly qualified Scottish historian she uses Mills and Boon writing techniques to sell her books to a wider range of readers. I note that Natalie Portman is not the actress’s birth name – Google name to get the right one. Your blog seems to have "lightened up" colourwise today. Is this the new decor?

  2. If you’ve read the book and not thought much of it, I wouldn’t recommend the film. I know Natalie Portman was actually born in Israel.
    Yes, the decor is new. Not sure how long it’ll last or whether I’ll alter it some more.

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